swish ‎(comparative swisher or more swish, superlative swishest or most swish)

  1. (Britain, colloquial) sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.
    This restaurant looks very swish — it even has linen tablecloths.
  2. Attractive, stylish
  3. effeminate.



swish ‎(plural swishes)

  1. A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.
  2. A sound of liquid flowing inside a container.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      There were four or five men in the vault already, and I could hear more coming down the passage, and guessed from their heavy footsteps that they were carrying burdens. There was a sound, too, of dumping kegs down on the ground, with a swish of liquor inside them, and then the noise of casks being moved.
  3. A movement of an animal's tail
  4. A twig or bundle of twigs, used for administering beatings; a switch
  5. (basketball) A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  6. An effeminate male homosexual.

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swish ‎(third-person singular simple present swishes, present participle swishing, simple past and past participle swished)

  1. To make a rustling sound while moving.
    The cane swishes.
  2. (transitive) To flourish with a swishing sound.
    to swish a cane back and forth
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Coleridge to this entry?)
  3. (transitive, slang, dated) To flog; to lash.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Thackeray to this entry?)
  4. (basketball) To make a successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  5. (gay slang) To mince or otherwise to behave in an effeminate manner.
    I shall not swish; I'll merely act limp-wristed.


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